Parashat Nitzavim


And you shall turn back to the LORD your God...For this command which I charge you today is...very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to do it. Always read the Shabbat before Rosh HaShana, these verses refer to Teshuva, the commandment to return to God and indeed all the steps of

Parashat Nitzavim2016-09-29T18:34:54+08:00

Parashat Ki Tavo


Parashat Ki Tavo is always read a week or two before Rosh Hashana. It opens with the command to bring the first fruits to Jerusalem and later it moves to the blessings and curses that took place on Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal. This hints to the fact that Rosh Hashana is now almost upon

Parashat Ki Tavo2016-09-22T23:31:33+08:00

Parashat Ki Tetze


When you go out to battle against your enemy and the LORD your God will put him in your hand... Rebbe Nahman of Breslov points out that in Hebrew the verse can be understood in this "illogical" manner: When you go out to battle against your enemy and he will put the LORD your God into your hand...Our

Parashat Ki Tetze2016-09-15T20:29:51+08:00

Parashat Shoftim


And it shall be, when the king sits on his throne of kingship, that he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah before the Levites and the Priests. Maimonides writes that the king's Torah was unique since it was to be checked against the Torah that was kept in the Temple. A hint

Parashat Shoftim2016-09-08T23:38:43+08:00

Parashat Re’eh


"See, I set before you today blessing and curse: the blessing, when you heed the command of the LORD...the curse, if you heed not the command of the LORD..." Heeding the commandments is presented as the default position "when you heed." The opposite is only presented as a possibility "if you heed not." Our natural

Parashat Re’eh2016-09-01T19:47:55+08:00
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